Alexander Volkanovski’s featherweight title protection against Brian Ortega at UFC 260 has been delayed after the Australian said on Sunday that he tried positive for Covid.
Volkanovski’s battle with Ortega, initially booked to be the co-headliner on March 27 in Las Vegas, will be rescheduled because of COVID-19 conventions. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is yet to declare another date for the session.
Alexander Volkanovski, 32, said he tried negative prior to leaving Australia and prior to entering the UFC bubble yet returned a positive outcome in the most recent round of testing.
“So crushed to share that I’ve tried positive for COVID-19 and my battle is off and will be rescheduled,” he had tweeted.
“We have buckled down preparing for this battle and I’m totally gutted this has occurred. We followed each strategy and interaction to remain COVID free however it wasn’t intended to be this time.”
Volkanovski (with a record of 22-1 in his MMA profession) has been the featherweight champion since he crushed Max Holloway at UFC 245 in December 2019. He likewise beat the Hawaiian in a rematch at UFC 251 during July 2020.